Gorleston lifeboat in North Sea fog rescue

Gorleston lifeboat's yacht rescue

The Great Yarmouth and Gorleston lifeboat Samarbeta was launched at 4.30am today to assist a yacht in difficulty about 28 miles north-east of Yarmouth.

The yacht, the Maid Marion, had left Grimsby yesterday morning heading for Holland and was close to the Dutch coast when it lost its engine and steering at 7.30pm.

Another yacht, Lorna Doone, was close by and started towing the Maid Marion.

However, fog closed in and because of worsening conditions and heavy sea traffic, Humber Coastguard was called.

The Gorleston lifeboat went out to assist and under tricky conditions was able to tow the Maid Marion back to Yarmouth.

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Coxswain Paddy Lee said: 'Because of the fog closing in and the heavy sea traffic, the crew of the stricken vessel was very relieved to see the lifeboat heading towards them to assist.'

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